Home Water Savings Tip #468 – Inside – Use Bath Towels Multiple Times Before Washing

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 468, Use Bath Towels Multiple Times Before Washing. There is, typically, no need to wash bath towels after every single bath or shower. Simply hang them up to dry properly and you can use them again. Heck, if you hang them properly on towel racks (not on the floor!) … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #200 – Magnetic Vent Cover Blocker

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 200 , Magnetic Vent Cover Blocker, is the best way we have found to stop cooled air from the air conditioner from passing through closed duct vents and going into areas that are not used. They are very inexpensive (e.g. 2 for $6) yet they really do the trick. Being … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #398 – Inside – Use Dehumidifier Water for Indoor Plants

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 398, Use Water From Dehumidifier for Indoor Plants. I never thought about this, but it makes a lot of sense. Even if your dehumidifier has the tube to take the water straight to the basement floor drain, adjust it so you can capture the water to keep your indoor plants’ … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #341 – Heating – Basement Floor Insulation

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 341, Basement Floor Insulation. If you do not have a finished basement, or if you have a tiled basement floor, you should consider placing some type of carpet or rug on the floor. This will help keep the coolness of the unfinished or tiled basement floor in the ground and … [Read more...]

Starting To Lay Floor Tile

Chalk Line

In the prior article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, the preparation of floor in the front foyer and adjoining laundry room had been completed. The project is now ready to start the tile laying task. Where to start? Where to lay the first tile? Well, since the visual focal point of the new floor was to be the tile insert in the middle of the front foyer, one needs to start at one end and build up towards that focal point. So, it was decided to begin at the … [Read more...]

Final Floor Preparations

Smoothing Excess Dried Concrete Thin Set

The last step completed in this continuing series on the installation of new tile flooring in our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, was the laying of the concrete thin-set into the metal screen and allowing it to sufficiently dry over night and most of the next morning. Yet, before any of the tile is laid, there are a few more preparation steps which need to be done. First, Brian trimmed off the portions of the now dried concrete mixture to have a smooth surface upon which the tile … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 3

Flowthrough Humidifier

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition We continue with our review of the many energy conservation tips we have received for households to reduce the consumption of natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and other energy sources consumed in the generation of heat for homes in the winter. Yesterday, we continued our review of the money … [Read more...]

Finishing Bathroom With Caulking – 1

Uneven Paint in Corner

To me, caulking is one of those home renovation finishing projects which if it is used no one really notices but if it is not used the project looks, well, un-finished. Let me show you our daughter's bathroom. In particular, we are going to focus on two areas. First, look in the picture below where the wall with ceramic tile (on the right) meets the wall with only drywall (on the left). See in the corner how the blue paint is unevenly applied to the corner? Here is a close-up to … [Read more...]

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